Helen Kleinjan

Helen Kleinjan, 78, New Salem, N.D. died Sept.18, 2012 in New Salem after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Helen Kleinjan

Posted September 28, 2012

Helen Kleinjan, 78, New Salem, N.D. died Sept.18, 2012 in New Salem after a courageous battle with cancer.

A funeral service was held Sept. 21, 2012 at St. Pius V Catholic Church, New Salem, with Reverend Selva Periannan as celebrant and Reverend Chad Gion as concelebrant. Cremation has taken place and burial was held Sept. 24, 2012 at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.

Helen was born Nov.26, 1933 in Mott to John and Elizabeth (Schorsch) Roth. She graduated from Mott High School in 1952. She was united in marriage April 9, 1953 to James “Jim” Kleinjan at St. Vincent’s Catholic Church in Mott. They spent their first 22 years of their marriage in Bentley and Mott, moving to New Salem in 1975 where they have resided since.

Helen operated a daycare in her home in New Salem for many years. She then worked at Elm Crest Manor as a cook and dietary aide for 19 years. Helen was a member of the Woman’s Life Society, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Christian Mothers. Additionally, she taught CCD for many years. She was an avid sports fan in Mott and New Salem while her children participated. Even after her own children graduated, Helen continued to be a great supporter and fan of the New Salem Holsteins high school sports teams. She was still, at the end of her life, rooting for a victory in football home opener.

Blessed to have shared her life is her husband of 59 years, Jim Kleinjan of New Salem, N.D. ; sons and daughters-in-law- Rod and Amy Kleinjan of Dickinson, N.D.; Randy and Linda Kleinjan of Bismarck, N.D.; Scott and Kris Kleinjan of Bismarck, N.D.; Steve and Lisa Kleinjan of New Salem, N.D. and Troy and Connie Kleinjan of Bismarck, N.D.; daughter and son-in-law- Nancy and Tom Beck of Minneapolis, Minn.; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law Clara (Roth) Esselback of Mount Vernon, Wash. and Shirley Roth of Stanwood, Wash.; Jim’s brother and wife Loren and Arlene Kleinjan of Mandan, N.D.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Arnold Roth, Roy Roth, and John Roth; and sisters: Viola Gress and Elnora Roth.

Memorials are preferred to the New Salem-Almont Athletics in memory of Helen Kleinjan.

Go to www.buehlerlarson.com to sign the online guestbook.

Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, N.D. was in charge of arrangements.

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